TORONTO- When the Blue Jays announced the hiring of Ben Cherington last Wednesday, many people seem to be pleased and puzzled with this move.
The former Boston Red Sox executive will take over the duties as vice president of baseball operations and will be third in command behind president Mark Shapiro and general manager Ross Atkins. He will also work with Gal Kim, their director of player development.
Okay! Now many Blue Jays fans are wondering why they brought in another former Cleveland Indians staff to their front office. But please let’s put that “Indians” title aside. Yes! Cherington did spent one season as a scout for the Indians. But his real work began in 1999 when he joined the Red Sox.
Cherington worked his way up within the Red Sox organization. He held multiple positions as a scout, coordinator of international scouting and director of player development. His hard work paid off as he was named as general manager in 2012. Cherington led the Red Sox to a World Series championship in 2013, but left the organization last year after Dave Dombrowski took over as president of baseball operations.
Dombroski gave Cherington some credit for his work in acquiring and developing young talent like Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Yoan Mocanda. However many people are still puzzling on Cherington’s signing of Pablo Sandoval (5 years worth $90 million), which turned out to be disastrous for the Red Sox. But every baseball executives had some bad acquisition once in a while. Look at Alex Anthopolous’ trade involving R.A. Dickey and Noah Syndergaard.
In the end, Cherington is another baseball guy with a great eye of observing young talent. This is a solid hire for the Blue Jays as Cherington’s track record of bringing in young talent will be a tremendous asset in the front office.